Our third day in Malta was dedicated to the coast. After dedicating our first day to Valletta and the second to the east, we were headed south. We ate breakfast in our apartment and headed to the Blue Grotto in hopes of taking a boat tour. We stopped at the viewpoint overhead, which actually offers a great view into the grotto then headed down to the touristy dock area. Unfortunately, due to the wind, we couldn’t take a boat trip (you can call ahead, we probably should have). There were good views to be had anyway.
Next up was the temples of Hagar Quim. These were the third set of megalithic temples we were seeing on the trip, but definitely had the best exhibit and explanation. The 3D movie that you watch before visiting the temples is a bit cheesy but they did a good job guessing at what the temples would have looked like when they were in use.
Next was a walk along the Dingli Cliffs, where we wandered along the pavement and soaked up a bit of sun. We headed into the town of Dingli for lunch at Diar Il Bniet, a farm shop with excellent local food. Definitely book ahead, it was packed when we went, but they were able to squeeze us in at a table in the shop. Not the most comfortable, but the food was delicious!
The heat was getting to us, so we deviated from our plan and headed to the beach at Golden Bay. We hiked down the stairs to the sand and the beach was full of sunbathers like ourselves! The water was gorgeous and not too chilly. After drying off and sneakily changing in the parking lot we were off to Mdina.
The Silent City did not disappoint. For a bit of cake with a great view, we headed to Fontanella Tea Garden for the sun set. Then we walked around the city, which is so photogenic in the dusky light.
When night finally fell, it was back to Valletta for dinner and packing up to catch our flight the next day.